Phillies Make It Difficult to Get Excited Over Wins

Written By Bob Cunningham On Saturday, July 24, 2010

Absent a hot streak soon, wins like this won't matter.

The Phillies won 6-0 on Friday night over the Colorado Rockies at Citizen's Bank Park. Roy Halladay got the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, fanning nine, and watched his offense explode for five runs in the fifth inning.

And that's it. That's all I've got. Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll read again soon.

... You're still here? Oh, you wanted more? Sorry, that's truly all I've got. Here is where I would usually add some sort of analysis or my opinion on the game and the Phillies in general, but there's really nothing more left to be said.

They've got to keep this up for the rest of the season and hope for the Braves to start losing. How do they keep this up? Well, they swing the bats better. That's it. We've been over everything and every time it looks like they're getting their act together, it falls apart -- making it incredibly difficult to get excited over any of their wins.

It was great to see them put up all those runs in the fifth inning, but that was their entire offense right there. Outside of an RBI by Raul Ibanez in the eighth, the fifth inning was the only time they could score.

Jayson Werth got another RBI this month, so the world might be coming to an end. For the first night in a some time, Ryan Howard wasn't their entire offense. And, perhaps most surprisingly of all and tying into the first two feats of this game, Halladay actually got some run support.

But, there's still plenty of bad to go around.

For starters, they still left 11 runners on base. Yeah, 11 runners were left stranded out on the bags tonight. So even though they were able to score six runs, it could have, and should have, been a whole lot more.

If it was anyone but Halladay, or perhaps Cole Hamels, on the mound, the six runs likely would not have been enough.

On the bright side, they did win. Perhaps I'm being a bit pessimistic but if you take a second to look through my archives, you'll see that I supported this team up until this point. But they've successfully sucked out all my optimism and left me with thoughts like 'Cool, they won, but how will they mess it up tomorrow?'

It's disgusting and I hate them for it. But, odds are they will lay an egg tomorrow, so excuse me if I'm not setting off fireworks in the backyard. I will be sure to watch the game, however, and hope with all I'm worth that I'm wrong.

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